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Cheated: The Inside Story of the Astros Scandal and a Colorful History of Sign Stealing



by
Andy Martino

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Penguin Random House
Imprint
Doubleday (Adult)
ISBN
9780385546799
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Violence: Sexual Assault/Rape Reference/Discussion , Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Reference or Discussion , Language: Strong Language , Violence: Domestic/Physical Abuse , Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism , Sexual Content: Reference/Discussion , Crime: Gang/Organized Crime
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The definitive insider story of the cheating scandal that rocked Major League Baseball in 2019, bringing down high-profile coaches and players, and exposing a long-rumored “sign-stealing” dark side of baseball.

By the fall of 2019, most teams around Major League Baseball suspected that the Houston Astros had been stealing signs for several years. The Astros had won the 2017 World Series and made the playoffs the next two seasons. All the while, opponents felt that Houston’s hitters knew what pitches were coming.

The ensuing scandal rivaled that of the 1919 “Black Sox” and the more recent steroid era, and became one of the most significant that the game had ever seen. The fallout ensnared many other teams, either as victims, alleged cheaters or both. The Los Angeles Dodgers felt robbed of a World Series title, and fended off accusations about their organization. Same for the New York Yankees. The Boston Red Sox were soon under investigation themselves. The New York Mets lost a promising manager before he ever managed a game.

Andy Martino, an award-winning journalist who has covered Major League Baseball for more than a decade, has broken numerous stories about the Astros and sign-stealing in baseball. In Cheated, Martino takes readers behind the scenes and into the heart of the events that shocked the baseball world. With inside access to the people directly involved, Martino breaks down not only exactly what happened and when, but reveals the fascinating explanations of why it all came about. The nuance and detail of the scandal reads like a true sports whodunnit. How did otherwise good people like Astros’ manager A.J. Hinch, bench coach Alex Cora and veteran leader Carlos Beltran find themselves on the wrong side of clear ethical lines? And did they even know when those lines had been crossed? Cheated is an explosive, electrifying read.Bibliography. Full-color photo insert. 

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: Sexual Assault/Rape Reference/Discussion , Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Reference or Discussion , Language: Strong Language , Violence: Domestic/Physical Abuse , Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism , Sexual Content: Reference/Discussion , Crime: Gang/Organized Crime

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

288

Trim Size

9 3/10" x 6"

Dewey

796.357

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Sep 2021

Book Genres

Sports

Topics

Houston Astros (baseball team). Major League Baseball. Baseball signs and signals. Corrupt practices. US baseball history.

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Praise & Reviews

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In late 2019, news broke of a cheating scandal in Major League Baseball. Upon deeper investigation, the magnitude and level of cheating and sign stealing by the Houston Astros shocked even the most ardent of baseball fans. In this debut, sportswriter Martino craftily leads readers through the scandal, with all of its twists and turns. He begins by providing interesting, relevant background information, and then lays out mountains of evidence, obtained through hundreds of documented interviews, and offers clues, all the while explaining their immediate relevance. The book culminates in a comprehensive, fascinating, yet incomplete conclusion, which includes, unfortunately, the victimization of many of the team’s unwitting participants, such as Astros hitting coach Alex Cintrón and former outfielder Carlos Beltrán. Martino’s background is the key to the story’s simple flow, which reflects a variety of perspectives, including owners, managers, players, and fans. The writing is engaging and casual throughout, allowing even those who weren’t familiar with the scandal to easily follow the reactions of other MLB teams and of the sport itself. VERDICT This disturbing tale will satisfy baseball fans, but will also be of great interest to many other sports followers.—Steve Dixon, State Univ. of New York, Delhi

Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

In late 2019, news broke of a cheating scandal in Major League Baseball. Upon deeper investigation, the magnitude and level of cheating and sign stealing by the Houston Astros shocked even the most ardent of baseball fans. In this debut, sportswriter Martino craftily leads readers through the scandal, with all of its twists and turns. He begins by providing interesting, relevant background information, and then lays out mountains of evidence, obtained through hundreds of documented interviews, and offers clues, all the while explaining their immediate relevance. The book culminates in a comprehensive, fascinating, yet incomplete conclusion, which includes, unfortunately, the victimization of many of the team’s unwitting participants, such as Astros hitting coach Alex Cintrón and former outfielder Carlos Beltrán. Martino’s background is the key to the story’s simple flow, which reflects a variety of perspectives, including owners, managers, players, and fans. The writing is engaging and casual throughout, allowing even those who weren’t familiar with the scandal to easily follow the reactions of other MLB teams and of the sport itself. VERDICT This disturbing tale will satisfy baseball fans, but will also be of great interest to many other sports followers.—Steve Dixon, State Univ. of New York, Delhi

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